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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (604 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Rosen Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Emperor Justinian reunified Rome’s fractured empire by defeating the Goths and Vandals who had separated Italy, Spain, and North Africa from imperial rule. At his capital in Constantinople, he built the world’s most beautiful building, married its most powerful empress, and wrote its most enduring legal code, seemingly restoring Rome’s fortunes for the next five hundred years. Then in the summer of 542, he encountered a flea. The ensuing outbreak of bubonic plague killed five thousand people a day in Constantinople and nearly killed Justinian himself.

Weaving together evolutionary microbiology, economics, military strategy, ecology, and ancient and modern medicine, William Rosen offers a sweeping narrative of one of the great hinge moments in history, one that will appeal to readers of John Kelly’s The Great Mortality, John Barry’s The Great Influenza, and Jared Diamond’s Collapse.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bobe E.i. | 1/13/2014

    " Faascinating discussion on the impact that an event such as plague can have on the course of history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Doug | 1/3/2014

    " Very interesting account of the importance of the plague in changing the face of Europe. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tony Taylor | 1/3/2014

    " Very interesting account of how history was affected by the plagues of history "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by D. | 12/24/2013

    " Fascinating look at history from an unusual perspective. I liked the mix of scientific discussion about how the plague came to Europe, and the stories about individual personalities of the era. Very interesting read. "

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